Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 1, 1880)
U. -- . L
ny"??T!!?sffIw,-rT??r7..-, , .i , j i ww
i"-- flflM nwiii"! '
M.t.iii ijJU-H'UJt !"!!-
UvVirEMlSITX OF WEnilnlSK.il,
Lincoln, Nku., DkomMbeii 1, 1880.
JOSKIUI OI'KLT, rnop
Lato of tho MARSH HOUSE,
Cor 11 nnd P Sts.
LINCOLN, - - - NE1JRASKA.
J, .. IMIIOFF, Prop.
Good &a.vi'x,vKo(f.vff Qj?FjraTft'oaift
mid Suit Water Baths
in the Hotel. Rheuma
tism cured by Turkish
E. HAL LET,
Watchmaker, and Jeweler,
5 Jsi, P
O St., but. 10th and 11th, south hIHo.
Conservatory of ITusic
Established ly authority
ami under the sanction
of the Board oJ'Kcgcnts.
Instruction given in ft thorough and
systematic manner in all departments of
Tuition raJiRlnn from $0.00 815.00
gjta?-TUc Vocal Elementary Class Is fjiek to all
S. B. HOHMANN,
Wholennlt anil Itrlail Healer In
IMuts, "Wall Paper,
Window Shades, Lnco Curtains, Damask. &c,
ADAPTED F1WM PALADIL1IE.
The vii8o In which thin llowcr was dying,
By n lady's fun was shattered.
The blow scarce sot tho loaves a-flylnji,
Nor scarce the slightest echo started.
Hut the Haw ho lightly given,
Destroyed the crystal day by day,
And tho vase at last was riven,
No less surely fronf delay.
Drop by drop has flown the water,
The frauranco of Iho llowcr Is gone;
No one now can doubt tho matter
'TIs broken, touch It not, but mourn.
TIs thus the band ono loves, if caroless,
May wound the heart which chciishcs.
Through all tho heart tho bread will pass,
The flower of love soon perishes.
To all tho world it seems unhurt,
lly it alone its pain 1h borne.
Uh wound so lino, profound, is wept.
'Tis broken, touch it not but mourn.
A FAULT OF TODAY.
No. 23 East.O St,
- " i y
HE nineteenth century is an era of
progression. Science, literature,
art, and civilization in gonoinl are mak
ing gigantic sti ides, whoso benefits will
be felt throughout the future. But still there
is room for improvement. Even yet vi
cannot conlenledjy fold our.. hands and
say to every one who suggests a reform
"You arc bu'.a chronic grumbler; iho world
is good enough." For this is not truo
and among the many remaining faults is
one in particular that ought to he and can
Just now the world tends toward a pe.
collar kiiul of cynicism. It is no longer
fashionahle to be enthusiastic. So extrav
agant an expenditure ot feeling is styled
fanaticism ; and he who presumes to fol
low any object with y.oul rather than lan
guid self satisfied stolidity is stigmatized
by such often. limes overdrawn titles as
"ranter", "hobby rider", or "monomani.
From tho minister, who, in bursts ol
burning eloquence, tries to fasten the alien-
lion ol his congregation on the great truths
of his religion, to the impulsive young
lady who "gushes" over some striking
novelty, all, who have been unwary
enough to allow any sign ot natural feel
ing to escape them, have come under
reproach. In consequence we sec congre
gations put to sleep, Sunday after Sunday,
under tho soothing influence of sermons
from which all animation, in thought or
delivery, has been cu refill ly excluded.
And the average young lady, now, is able
to view the most famous or beautiful
scenes, or to hear the most startling disclos
tiros, wilh no greater show of interest Hum
a calm "Ah?" or a demure and complacent
Disappointed and unsuccessful men soured
by their own failures, seem to take delight
in making everyone else like themselves
listless, bla.it and misanthropic Judg.
lug from personal experience, they le ich
that every well-appearing word or action
springs from a hidden, interested and un
worthy motive. Thus many an earnest do
aire ami well-meant endeavor to be or do
what is intrinsically right, is robbed of its
usefulness or prevented altogether by
thos'h sneering misjudgers of mankind.
The young man of tu-dny is expected to
show a decided interest in nothing, and to
go through life a confirmed cynic. On
his first real entrance into tho great, out.
side world, wliile still possessed of all
the freshness and trustfulness of youth,
he sees disbelief and ridicule concerning
things, which in his heretofore impiici
faith in "tin; good, the true, and the beauti
ful" ho never dreamed of doubling.
Viewing, at first with surprise and llnulh
wilh blller disappointment, the morose
ness, tho suspicion, tho hypocrisy, the
toadyism around him what wonder if
his confidence in humanity is entirely
destroyed by the awakening shock, and,
through the seeming preponderance of
Iho bud, ho loses sight of the good that
really does exist? Unless he is exception
ally fortunate, a few years contact with
this soured element of society contain
luutoshlm with its skepticism, and in
ducts him to believe his fellow-men
worso than tlioy actually are. lie regards
mankind as his common enemy, and life
us a selfish struggle for existence, where
in place is obtained only by policy and
trickery. His early high aspirations and
noble motives aio now disdainfully
smiled at as being "youthful enthusiasm,"
which he congratulates himself on having
outgrown. To his "awakened" eyes,
truth, purity and honor are but compnra
live virtues; love, justice and patriotism
are rhetorical but meaningless express
ions, while the old-fashioned, devoted
friendship of Damon and Pythias is
sneered at as impossible.
What wore formerly vices, too, are now
spoken of in moderate and polysyllabic
terms. Theft is "defalcation" or "mis
appropriation;" a lie is "prevarjeation;"
treason is "disaffection;" a broken pledge
contained a "mental reservation."
We arc not believers in the superiority
of the "good old times" over those of to
day; but the fault hero alluded to is cer
tahilv a retrogressive step, not in keeping
without' advance in civilization, and we
might with profit imitate- our forefathers
more in this respect. Tho reined' is
practical and requires no extremes. Let
a higher standard of morality and of
leoling bo substituted for hypocritical
cant and indolent vacuity; call crimes by
their right names; prove that there all 1 1
exist some things really noble, pure nnd
true; that life is always "worth living" If
wo but make it so; and there will come
forth a generation of honorable, earnest,
whole-souled men, who will not hesitate
to bo outspoken, and even enthusiastic, in
the expression of their convictions and
tho performance of their life's work. '82.
There has recently been established a
new association under the name of Socie
ty kou Political Education, non-partisan
in its character and, in tho best sense,
national in its scope. Tho Society is to
he managed by an Executive Committee
of twenty live meinlajrs selected from dif
ferent sections of Hie United Slates, many
of them being experts in different depart
ments of the study of social ami political
science. A singular feature of its organ!
ntion is that it has no president, nndlhus
avoids the risk of having its aims confoun
ded with the idiosyncrasies of any individ
ual chosen for its head. The correspond
eneo of tho Society is to be divided among
live Socreiari'-s, one ench for the East, in
cluding the Middle Sialcs.tho North-west,
the South-east. ilieSoulh-.west(and thePti
ciflc slope. Its Executive Committee
which is not yet filled up, now comprises
I'rol. W. G. Sumner, ol W.le College, Now
Haven ; Hon. David A. Wells, ol Norwich,
Conn; Charles Francis Adams, Jr., of Bos
ton, Mn-s.; Geo. S. Coo, Horace While,
Geo-Haven Putnam, ii. 11. Howker E. M.
Sliepard and It. L. Dugdale, of New York
city; Franklin Mac Veagh and M.L.Scud
der, Jr. . of Chicago, III. ; Gen. Bradley T.
Johnson, of Kiehinond, Vn. : lion. John
11. Ames, of Lincoln, Nebraska: A. Sid
ney Biddle, of Philadelphia, Pa. ; Al.
Mitchell, of New Orleans, La. ; Geo. Ma
son, of Galveston, Texas; and Peter Hamil
ton, of Mobile, Ala.
Tho Society bus selected a course of read
ing lor the first ear, NonlholPs "Politics
for Young Americans, 'Prof. Perry's "In
tr duelion to Political Economy," John
son's "History of American Politics," and
MoAdam's "Alphabet in Finance." These
volumes will he issued in a cheap edition,
costing only sgU-OO. specially published lor
the Society as a Library of Political Eilxi
cntion, boxed In seis wilh unilorm bind
in?, and hearing the name of the Society
on the cover. G. P. Putnam's Sons, of
New York, and Johnson, MeClurg& Co ,
of Chicago, will bo the publishing agents.
Nixt .year another set ol books will bo so
lected, mid it is planned to extend I lie Li
brary gradually accoiding to tho growth
of the Society, until alien ion shall have
been given lo the whole ninge of subjects
comprised u.idirS iclal Science. In ad
dition to the Library a series ot tracts tiro
to be published on economic and polit'cal
subjects, including among iho earlier ones:
"What is a Bank?" by Edward Atkinson,
of Boston: and Turgot's celebrated essay
"On the Creation and Distribution of
Weal Hi." This latter work by the great
finance minister of Louis XVI, although
first published in 1700, and acknowledged
lo bo one of the finest couliibulious ever
made to economic literature, has never
been published in the United States, and,
so far as known, only onco translated and
published in tho English language, and
then most imperfectly, in a pamphlet,
which appeared in Loudon at the com
mencement of tho present century.
Theio are two classes of membership;
Active and Cooperating. Active mum.
hers tiro such persons as will pledge thorn
selvs to read the books loooinor.did by the
Society for tho official year and included
in its Library of Political Education.
and will pay an annual fee ol 51) cents
(which may ho forwarded In postago
stamps). Any person may become a Coop
erating member on lite annual payment
of 5.00 or more, which shall entitle such
member to receive all tho racls published
by tho Society. There tiro no other con
ditions or obligations of membership.
i'ho number of tracts to be published an
nually will depend chiefly on the amount
of subscriptions received. It is also desir
ed to establish a fund for furthering the
general work of Iho Society, and for tacll
italing tho placing of tho above books and
kindred literature in nubile and school li.
Powered by Open ONI